MDP Receives Federal Grant Funds

The Morristown Police Department Receives $15,000 in Federal Grant Funds to Support Highway Safety Efforts in Morristown

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) announced that $15,000 in federal grant funds will be awarded to the the Morristown Police Department for the 2017-2018 Federal Fiscal Year. Approximately 400 grants exceeding $18 million will be distributed statewide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the THSO to support local highway safety initiatives.

MPD Chief Roger Overholt stated, “Receiving these funds enhances our ability to dedicate resources for enforcement of impaired drivers.   Targeted enforcement efforts remove dangerous drivers from our streets and may prevent individuals from driving while intoxicated.”

Every year, traffic safety advocates, non-profit organizations, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, District Attorneys’ offices, and other state agencies across Tennessee seek funding through grant applications offered by the THSO. Applicants who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standards are awarded grant funds to support the THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. The THSO grant funding provides essential highway safety training and equipment for law enforcement agencies, sophisticated crash data collection analysis technology, specialized DUI prosecutors, resources for emergency response personnel, and educational tools to help improve driver behavior.

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